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Providence Creek Academy Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 697 students

 

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Posted April 28, 2014

This has been a challenging school to accept as a whole. Between the lackadaisical staff and unresponsive teachers I find that this will be my daughters last year. They do not stick with there school policy and change it accordingly to the staffs needs as apposed the parents needs. They charge an outrageous amount for field trips that are free to the public. It is an open campus so during our storm they had to take extra days off of school more than other local schools....etc etc...on top of it the DCAS scoring is notso good yet send my child home with an 1.5 hours of homework every night
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2013

This is the first year I've enrolled my daughter into this school and I cannot get her out fast enough. Her teacher is wonderful, new to the profession but she is trying her best giving the limited resources she is offered by the administration. In fact, you can tell most of the teachers (with the exception of a few) are rather young. From what I've heard, they have a high turnover and seem to only be able to recruit young teachers. It has become very difficult to meet with the principal or anyone else in the administration. I'm always told they are "in a meeting", or "on a conference call" (we all know what that means) or that they will take my number and call me back (they never do). You can also tell that the school is too concerned with their physical image - no expense spared on the landscaping or athletic fields. But from what the teacher tells me, she has to spend her own money on classroom supplies, furniture, and she even had to pay to get her own classroom painted! Security to me is also a concern. You can easily walk around campus before being noticed. And it's too easy for a kid to let someone into the building by themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

I've been at PCA for 9 years and I think its a great school overall. I excel in the grades and tests scores. The teachers really care about the student well being emotionally and academically. The environment in the school is friendly. Mostly everyone knows each other and gets along. The teachers share a bond with the class bigger than just learning. We laugh and have a good time but we actually learn something. I recommend this school to anyone with a passion for learning. This is my last year at PCA and I know I'm going to miss the memories I've made for the past 9 years. -A student at PCA, 8th grader


Posted October 31, 2010

This is my son's Kindergarten year at PCA and we all LOVE it so far. He has learned a LOT, both in core subjects and also in specials, especially in Music. His teacher is wonderful, always going above and beyond to help the students out in whatever way she can. My only regret is that my daughter(5th grade) DIDN'T get into PCA this year because there weren't enough spots(28 students on the waiting list!) I wish they'd open a 4th 5th grade class to accomodate some of this students! I sure hope she gets in next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2010

This school's most recent test scores have dramatically improved. The 2009 test scores received a superior school rating. This website needs to be updated to reflect those scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2010

I have 6 children in a safe learning enviroment. They all fare excellent on these state tests. There has been an influx of poor students that good parents have moved to this school for improvement that may have brought the state test scores to average. Thay would be way below average if it was not for this school's commitment to teach. My children are lucky to be smart and in a place where they can grw and learn. Robert Bailor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2010

I love this school. 2 of my children attend PCA and I could not be more pleased with the teachers or the school itself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

This is my daughter's Kindergarten year at PCA and we just love everything about it ... from the teachers, to the parents, to the curriculum, to the security measures active in an effort to keep our children safe. Thank you !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2008

My oldest son started PCA in the 7th grade and since we liked it so much we decided to put our youngest in there as well. He is now in second grade and we have been pleased with all the teachers so far. We like the fact that they wear uniforms, cause I feel the kids don't judge each other by their clothes and seem to all get along. I like the atmosphere of PCA and the parental involvment. I have always felt welcome there anytime. I work near by so I would go have lunch with my son once a week and in the process I really got to know my childs class mates and teachers this way. We also like the transportation team. Most of the drivers work with your schedule. I'm looking forward to my son going to school there until
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2007

After a few problematic initial years, PCA has really improved in the area of academics. The new curriculum director and administrative staff have the school moving in the right direction. More athletic teams are forming and student involvement in band, chorus, ballet and other extracurricular activities increase each year. Parent involvement is high through the PTO, various committees and even board participation. A new school is schedule to be built in the next few years and things are looking quite positive for PCA to continue its journey toward excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2006

wow there is really not much to say, but im glad that i switched to PCA. im not a parent, im a student there for my first and last year because i will be going into high school next year.i had such a strugle in math and now, im happy that i have mrs.aspinwall. she is a great teacher and i thank her for all her help so far.im adapting to the way they are taught things.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2006

We have been in Providence Creek Academy for 3 years now. We are so happy. My son has excelled in all his subjects. Being a teacher myself, I can appreciate a great curriculum and organized classroom. We are much happier here than plain public school. It is less crowded and a lot more controlled.Being a smaller school, the pricipal is right there. I see her everyday. I feel at home, whenever I am there. I just feel like they are on top of everything happening. The teachers are certified, what more can you ask for. Thank you PCA! L.W.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2006

PCA is way behind in their cirriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2006

My son was having difficulty in reading 1 thru 3 grade when in a regular public elementary school and just wanted to place him in special education-- I placed him in PCA and he has done so much better. The teachers are very helpful and willing to do whatever it took in the class room in order to teach my son-- He is now going into the 6th grade and still remains out of special ed. He has been a student at PCA since he was in 3rd grade. He enjoys attending PCA and I know that he is getting a good education and not exposed to an over crowded middle school. Where some children are out of control. I really like the fact that the school has a dress code -- My son does not like it but he knows what he has to wear everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2005

When our two older children began having problems in public school, it quickly became clear we were not going to get the support/help they needed. After a difficult time in the public school system, we found PCA. We weren't sure at first if a charter school was the right way to go, as it turns out it was the best decision.Once at PCA, we began getting the information and support we needed to help our boys be successful in school and feel good about it. We were allowed/encouraged to play a bigger role in their school day,(stopping in for lunch or walking them to class in the morning). The teachers truly wanted to help. They cared about the boys and their future. A good day for our boys means a good day for our family. They are learning what they need to know and they are happier. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2004

My daughter attended 1st grade at PCA and is now in 2nd grade at PCA. She has excelled so much within the past year. I am extremely pleased wtih the education she is receiving and she also enjoys the school. She will be attending the school through middle school and hopefully they will have added high school age by then.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
53%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
68%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
64%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
56%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
60%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 73% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
39%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students64%
Female58%
Male69%
African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status51%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title I64%
Special edn/a
Regular ed67%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English64%

Math

All Students69%
Female64%
Male74%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status57%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title I69%
Special edn/a
Regular ed72%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Female79%
Male67%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status61%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title I72%
Special edn/a
Regular ed74%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students72%
Female58%
Male83%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status67%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I72%
Special edn/a
Regular ed74%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English74%

Social Studies

All Students77%
Female75%
Male78%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status64%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title I77%
Special edn/a
Regular ed79%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Female80%
Male62%
African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status67%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title I72%
Special edn/a
Regular ed76%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English72%

Math

All Students59%
Female63%
Male54%
African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status58%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Title I59%
Special edn/a
Regular ed63%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English59%

Science

All Students56%
Female63%
Male49%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status49%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title I56%
Special edn/a
Regular ed61%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students92%
Female>=95%
Male84%
African American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status90%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title I92%
Special edn/a
Regular ed>=95%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students69%
Female69%
Male70%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status62%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title I69%
Special edn/a
Regular ed71%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students81%
Female78%
Male84%
African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status69%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title I81%
Special edn/a
Regular ed86%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students64%
Female64%
Male63%
African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status50%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title I64%
Special edn/a
Regular ed69%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English64%

Social Studies

All Students75%
Female73%
Male78%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status67%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title I75%
Special edn/a
Regular ed81%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students85%
Female82%
Male90%
African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status67%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Title I85%
Special edn/a
Regular ed90%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students66%
Female67%
Male66%
African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status56%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Title I66%
Special edn/a
Regular ed69%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English66%

Science

All Students50%
Female49%
Male52%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White62%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status33%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title I50%
Special edn/a
Regular ed53%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English51%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 63% 50%
Black 2 28% 32%
Hispanic 1 3% 13%
Two or more races 1 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2 0% 0%
Source: DE Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 51%N/A49%
Male 49%N/A51%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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273 Duck Creek Road
P.O. Box 265
Clayton, DE 19938
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